R. Eric Smith is a graphic designer who lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a lifetime fan of comic books. Despite this, he still learned to read books without pictures. His favorite authors include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, George R. R. Martin, Steven Erikson, Ian Esslemont, Isaac Asimov, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, and whoever signs his check.
His interest in writing began when Scott and Joel told him of their participation in NaNoWriMo. He managed to complete a couple of Doctor Who fanfictions and a story about a giant who wanders through myths of other countries to look for a place to raise cattle. With Scott and Joel, Eric developed a comic book series based on characters from their drabbles, Matt and Charlie of Wilder Investigations. The second issue will come out any year now.
The Angel's Seed
published in Critical Mass and other stories
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Paradox Lost --- Tales from Hell
Revival of Om and Through the Eyes
published in Cracks in the Tapestry
7 stories and 17 illustrations
published in Shared Words: Volume One
Wilder Investigations #1: Mirror, Mirror
written by Joel Byers, C. Scott Davis and R. Eric Smith
illustrated by R. Eric Smith and L. Whyte
The Angel's Seed: Well, I think I can officially say I've never read anything quite like this story. The Angel's Seed was... horrifyingly unique? I still don't think I quite understand what the hell the angels were, other than creepy as fuck, but I can perfectly picture the, er... mass of bodies that formed, and the narration in this particular story was incredible. I don't know how, but somehow The Angel's Seed, while being an... interesting title, ended up being horrifying, but it tugged at my heartstrings as well - particularly the relationship between Sophie and her Nannie. Earlier, I compared the story Infernal Ratio to the Stephen King novel Rose Madder. This story also reminds me of King - particularly his novel "Pet Sematary." While The Angel's Seed didn't involve any pets or zombie toddlers, the post-deceased Nannie, and the fact that Sophie tried so hard to protect her, reminded me of the father/son relationship in the novel by King.
Rating: 5 Stars ~~ Britt on Goodreads
Revival of Om: Okay, so, the plot wasn't really my thing - that, however, doesn't make it *bad.* The plot wasn't my thing simply because I am not a very religious person and can't easily connect with strong religious themes in literature (hence why I tend to steer clear of books including religious themes in most of my reviews), HOWEVER, the writing is *insanely* detailed - especially considering how short the story is. Despite the fact that the plot itself wasn't my thing, I have to give this story a high rating simply for how incredible the prose itself is. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it's some of the best writing I've ever read in a short story. Despite the fact that I can't easily connect with religion, the prose was incredible and the parallels to Christianity were written so well that that is where I get my high rating from. Even though the plot wasn't my thing, I think people who can easily connect with the message would love this particular read!
Rating: 4 Stars ~~ Britt on Goodreads
Through The Eyes: At first, I thought this story was headed in the direction of something resembling The Exorcist (of which I would not have minded, because I love The Exorcist, lol), but the plot took a turn that I *definitely* was not expecting. Though I'm not used to reading stories that take place in or include African culture, this ended up being (another) one of my favorite stories in the set. The imagery and the overall way the story was written was incredibly engaging and, like Life At The Speed Of Time, was easily one of the best page-turners. Each one of these stories, so far, has strong qualities that makes its story-telling unique, but I think Through The Eyes, in particular, has one of the biggest plot twists.
Rating: 5 Stars ~~ Britt on Goodreads
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